- 3 Ways to Prevent Pond Algae Problems
3 Ways to Prevent Pond Algae Problems
All ponds and lakes have and NEED algae. Algae in a pond is good and actually essential to a healthy pond environment. But, too much pond algae can lead to other problems like water discoloration, poor water quality, and even fish kill.
Here are three tips to prevent algae problems in your pond or lake:
- Aerate your pond environment by using a bottom diffuser is the most important thing you can do to help prevent pond algae long term. Aeration increases the level of dissolved oxygen in the bottom part of the pond which increases the number of aerobic bacteria. These bacteria, in turn, begin to feed on the excess organic matter and reduce the amount of nutrients released. Outdoor Water Solutions offers both electric aerators and windmill aerators that are extremely cost effective to both purchase and operate.
- Adding Beneficial bacteria works to prevent pond algae by decomposing excess organic matter, sticks, leaves, decayed fish and excess nutrients. This combined with adding aeration, will greatly increase the chances of a healthy pond environment, especially at the bottom of the pond, where you need it most.
- A more radical solution to removing the excessive organic matter is dredging or even draining the pond, cleaning out the bottom and starting over. This can definitely work, but is very expensive. Also, once you clean out the pond, the problems can start all over again unless you take a proactive approach to managing excessive organic matter.
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